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11/02/2009 - 11:57pm steve sharik

Absolutely. Me.

11/02/2009 - 10:32pm What. Are college athletes

What. Are college athletes unionized? Find a way to cut non-producers. Allow athletic failures to continue their educations at Michigan by objective academic criteria and at their own expense but not on our dole. You want to keep a scholarship, kid, then you had best step up and deliver the goods. That is exactly what I dealt with as an athlete on a non-scholarship athletic situation at Michigan. I swept the floors of Crisler to pay for travel expenses. Spoiled brats. Do or do not, there is no try. Ditto for coaching staff. Loyalty goes only so far in this world. Earn it athlete and coach alike.

10/11/2009 - 1:12am Offensive Play Calling

I dunno whether it was primarily a function of lacking confidence in players to execute but regardless RR's play calling for most of this game appeared atrocious. I realize the line opened some holes for Minor at times and Minor himself deserves accolades, however, you can't simply continue to run your backfield into a granite wall hopening to wear it down. It won't budge after the first few scabs get knocked away. Like I said in a related thread, Ferentz knew how to attack our personnel weaknesses on both sides of the ball, especially our D when Iowa needed it. 7-5 or optimistically 8-4, which is what many said at the beginning of this season.

10/09/2009 - 6:29pm Personally I don't believe

Personally I don't believe gerg has the pieces in place to stop Iowa's offensive attack. Ferentz knows how to exploit our D manning weaknesses way too well. 12 pt spread in favor of Iowa. Stats-wise we are going to look shabby again. I'm just not able to watch tomorrow, I sincerely hope this is adjudged a mistake on my part after reflection. Good luck, Tate, as you'll spell the difference should we prevail.

10/04/2008 - 1:30pm Before we break out torches

Before we break out torches and pitchforks, are we reasonably certain the clothing wasn't purchased from Brian and simply is being resold at mark up?

Some quick observations:

Short phrases and elementary graphical shapes are not copyrightable. A combination of these might be protectable, however. So some of the clothing content may be subject to copyright while the rest may be public domain.

Did Brian originate the phrases/designs? If not, does he hold an assignment (title transfer) or exclusive license (permission) from the authors/designers? He'll need to qualify under one of these prereqs else he won't have "standing" to do anything about the situation directly.

Also, while copyright does vest instantly upon the creation and fixation of a protectable "work" in a tangible medium, a copyright claimant cannot sue or take any other action under US copyright law unless he has at least applied for a federal copyright registration. No exceptions.

Only federal courts can entertain copyright infringement actions. This costs money - probably a lot more than Brian could hope to recover even if he decided to proceed as his own lawyer.

Brian may have trade identity (trademark) claims available to him. He would have to show the content functions as a distinctive mark in commerce but wouldn't need to apply for registration - the common law and state statutes should be sufficient. Still this costs money.

Unfortunately, there are wrongs that cannot be remedied by law. This may be one of those situations.

Let's make sure the goods aren't genuine before we get all lawyerly.

Go Blue!

09/15/2008 - 5:56pm Some NaN Ideas

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This problem shows up in Safari and also in PCs with parental control software.  Make sure your browser is current else switch-off any kiddie protection that may be running.  NaN is a ubiquitous error message which means a piece of your software is returning an "illegal" number type, such as null when a positive integer is expected.  Most likely in your case the NaN results from a scripting flaw which prevents your browser from receiving the number in a storage array where the video file begins.  If you're really frustrated, consider installing a freeware second browser on your computer.  Good luck.

09/15/2008 - 10:36am <!--[if gte mso

Brian's paen is as much about Michigan football as
Wallace.  Consider.

09/10/2008 - 11:37pm There was no chicken, only

There was no chicken, only panda and gold.  To get fresh panda, Webber was forced to scale several fences at the Detroit Zoo and club one for protein.  He also needed to add minerals to his diet and his girlfriend selflessly sacrificed her grillwork so that Chris could have his gold.  Time has passed and I really don't see why we should delve into details about all of this as it's common knowledge.  Our university sports legacy is oh so dark ;>)  And then there is Michigamua . . . I guess that I'm a negative Nelly (did I just pimp Keith Jackson?).

09/10/2008 - 4:37pm Bo Was A Successful Football Coach, However . . .

Despite his heart troubles, John Prusiecki is as defiant and irreverent today as he was back in more turbulent times, and I base my characterization on our recent collaboration in the tax patent realm. Prusiecki exposed with verve a dirty open secret about major college sports. Namely, that "those who stay" will face an uphill struggle in life rather than experience meaningful championships over time. College athletes in major sports face so much pressure to deliver performance in the arena that they cannot effectively avail themselves of the very educational opportunities their universities were founded for. Our universities are cheating these folks to make a buck and we fans facilitate this by demanding so much. Kinesiology major? Yeah, right. Bo was a successful football coach. His approach to life, however, as with most contemporary Div I coaches leaves a lot to be desired in terms of helping prepare college students for success after sport. Prusiecki caught onto this early and posted notice in bold writing for all of us to see.  Spot on truth there.

09/08/2008 - 12:32am ND Has A Team

Granted that ND team barely showed up in its opener against SDSU, but it's still a team nevertheless and it did show eventually. And the game was merely an opener. They have an O-line. We do not. They have a QB, no matter how creepy. We do not. ND will play at home. We will not. The crowd and refs will favor ND, not us. I am not optimistic about this weekend, Vegas odds have never consistently worked in our favor.